President Donald Trump’s administration announced recently that they would be keeping the logs of who visits the White House private. That announcement breaks with the policy set by the Obama administration to keep those logs public.
The announcement was made shortly following the revelation that Rep. Devin Nunes was on the White House grounds the night before he potentially broke House ethics rules to leak classified information to the media and improperly involve Donald Trump himself into the Congressional investigations into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.
With that timeline in mind, many took the Trump Administration’s announcement that they’d be keeping the visitor logs private as a step to support those who would subvert the integrity of the investigations into Trump’s connections to Russia in the interest of protecting Trump.
Now, however, there’s a new reason to worry about the Trump admin’s decision to keep the visitor logs private.
Why is that?
Trump has literally invited a murderous, despotic foreign leader to the White House for a visit.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has boasted of his killings in the name of “law and order.”
As The New York Times is reporting:
‘President Trump on Saturday invited the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House, embracing an authoritarian leader who is accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and who crudely disparaged Mr. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.’
The invitation came after the two had a phone conversation.
Norman Ornstein, contributing editor for The Atlantic, accurately noted that Duterte is a “psychopath murderer.”
It is true; Duterte has been widely criticized by human rights groups the world over for his “governing policy” that has resulted in the deaths of untold thousands of people — some of which he’s killed personally.
And this is the kind of guy that Trump invites to the White House?